Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff

 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months.

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

the-privilege-of-peace-by-tanya-huffThe Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff

Series: Peacekeeper #3

Published by DAW

Publishing date: June 5, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

336 pages

Synopsis: Former space marine Torin Kerr returns for one final adventure to save the Confederation in the last book in the military science fiction Peacekeeper trilogy.

Warden Torin Kerr has put her past behind her and built a life away from the war and everything that meant. From the good, from the bad. From the heroics, from the betrayal. She’s created a place and purpose for others like her, a way to use their training for the good of the Confederation. She has friends, family, purpose.

Unfortunately, her past refuses to grant her the same absolution. Big Yellow, the ship form of the plastic aliens responsible for the war, returns. The Silsviss test the strength of the Confederation. Torin has to be Gunnery Sergeant Kerr once again and find a way to keep the peace. 

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Torin Kerr (the main character) is such a heroic character. I love reading about her. She’s not perfect and she has her own demons as well as finding it hard to fit in after the end of war. Tanya Huff has done a good job of showing the difficulties warriors and the military sometimes have fitting in to a “peace” society–especially one that isn’t as peaceful as it tries to appear.

This series is a continuation of her military science fiction Confederation series with many of the same characters including Torin Kerr. The second book of the this series really worked for me (better than the first Peacekeeper book) so I’m excited to read this book when it comes out.

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Peacekeeper 2

Publication date: June 6

e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher)

–All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Military Science Fiction

The second book in the action-packed Peacekeeper series, a continuation of Tanya Huff’s military sci-fi Confederation series following Torin Kerr.

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. No one who’d ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps.

Although the war is over, the fight goes on and the Justice Department finds its regular Wardens unable to deal with violence and the people trained to use it. Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr has a solution: Strike Teams made up of ex-military personnel, small enough to maneuver quickly, able to work together if necessary. Justice has no choice but to implement her idea and Torin puts her team of independent contractors back into uniform. It isn’t war, it is policing, but it often looks much the same.

When the scientists doing a preliminary archaeological dig on a Class Two planet are taken hostage, Torin’s team is sent to free them. The problem of innocents in the line of fire is further complicated by the fact that the mercenaries holding them are a mix of Confederation and Primacy forces, and are looking for a weapon able to destroy the plastic aliens who’d started and maintained the war.

If Torin weren’t already torn by wanting that weapon in play, she also has to contend with the politics of peace that have added members of the Primacy–former enemies–to her team. Before they confront the mercenaries, Torin will have to sift through shifting loyalties as she discovers that the line between”us” and “them” is anything but straight.

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My thoughts

I’ve read the first book in this series as well as the Confederation series where the saga of Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr began. Now she’s ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr. Now she’s Warden Kerr and the Confederation is supposed to be at peace.

I love reading about Torin Kerr so I am very excited Huff has begun another series featuring Kerr and her compatriots. Kerr is no longer military. Now she and her team–mostly ex-military–are Wardens for the Justice Department. So even though the Confederation is at peace outbreaks of violence are not uncommon. The Confederation has the problem most governments have when they’ve been at war for years: a huge military is no longer needed so what happens to all the retired soldiers? How do they adapt? And if they can’t adapt what will they do to survive? This is exacerbated in the Confederation, because the three species known as the Younger Races (humans, Krai and di’Taykan) were brought into the Confederation specifically to fight the war for the original members of the Confederation who were too “evolved” to fight their own war. When the war ends with a whimper the Younger Races are unhappy since the Elder Races in the Confederation have always viewed them as too violent to have around. Groups like Humans First formed (they show up in An Ancient Peace–the first book in the Peacekeeper series).

I like that Huff shows Kerr has still not completely adapted to civilian life. She’s still troubled by all the death she’s seen–especially the deaths of her troops. She’s had counselling, she knows she still has problems, but like many soldiers she doesn’t like talking about her feelings or her innermost thoughts or problems. She’s doing better, but still has anger issues.

It is so nice that Huff has brought back a number of characters from the original series. Presit is one of my favorites. As always Presit is her lovable, annoying self. When she first appeared in the books I didn’t like her very much and she’s still annoying especially to Kerr, but she’s a fun character to read about. And she moves things along in the plot. Even though Kerr finds her annoying and doesn’t want the press and noncombatants along, Kerr and Presit have a grudging admiration for each other and like each other more than they admit.

It’s also great to see Craig still hanging in there with Kerr. He has his own problems he’s had to deal with. As a former civilian salvage operator he’s used to operating alone on a spaceship where he doesn’t see or interact with anyone for months at a time and no one invades his personal space. At one time he couldn’t tolerate anyone in his ship with him so he’s come a long way now that he’s a Warden and pilot of their ship. He is a counterpoint to Kerr’s military outlook. It is great to see both points-of-view.

I really like some of the Primacy forces who were the enemy in the original series–especially Firiv’vrak and Vertic–and hope we will see more of them in the future. Huff always does a good job making even the strangest sounding alien believable.

If you haven’t read any of the books in either the Confederation series (books 1 through 5) and the Peacekeeper series (books 1 and 2)  you could start with the Peacekeeper series, but don’t forego the pleasure of reading the Confederation series. So many adventures and so many twists plus the truth of war. Such good books!

My rating: B+

An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff

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An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff
Series: Peacekeeper #1 (Confederation #6)
Genre: Military Science Fiction
Published by DAW, 2015
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Oct 6, 2015)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
336 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: The first book of a thrilling new military science fiction spin-off of Tanya Huff’s Confederation series.

Initial thoughts

  • I didn’t like this book as much as the books in the Confederation series, but life has completely changed for Torin and her friends. We all need to get used to that!
  • If you haven’t read the Confederation series I would urge you to read those books first. They explain the many references to the war and to the different races of people who make up the Confederation.
  • I definitely plan to read the second book.

Cheers

  • I like that Torin Kerr and Craig Ryder are in this book as well as some other characters from the Confederation series. I especially enjoy seeing Presit who is a Katrien reporter who was always a thorn in Torin’s side.
  • I really like how Tanya Huff describes the other races Humans encounter and gives them unique characteristics as a race and as individuals.
  • The Confederation and Primacy were at war for generations. (See the Confederation series)
  • The Confederation is at peace now and many of the military don’t know what to do in peacetime.
  • The book opens with Torin and a few others in her team working undercover to stop a Humans First group.
  • Former Gunnery Sergeant Torin along with Craig and some other survivors of her unit are now working–troubleshooting–for the Confederation Justice Department.
  • Torin saw a tremendous amount of death while she was a marine. She’s a civilian now–not carrying a weapon, not wearing a uniform–and that’s hard to get used to. She also has trouble getting past the death she saw and has a court appointed psychologist whom she reluctantly visits.
  • However, Military Intelligence asks them to do a job. There’s evidence someone might be robbing graves of an Elder Race–perhaps looking for weapons? Torin and her team are asked to find and stop them.
  • The Younger Races–Humans, Krai and di’Taykan–fought the war the Elder Races. Now the Younger Races (who are seen as violent and not as highly evolved) wonder if the Elder Races might like to keep them to a finite area of Space since they think they’re not ready for civilized society.

Jeers

  • The middle of the book dragged a bit for me. There’s not as much action in this book as the Confederation series.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I love the Confederation series and I hope I will love this series as much. I felt a little like the ex-military in the book having a hard time adjusting to peacetime!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • [from Wikipedia] Tanya Huff was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but grew up mostly in Ontario. She was in the Canadian Naval Reserve for three years and was a cook. She thought that would be the first trade that would send women to sea–and she was right, but not until a year after she left the Navy.
  • Huff is one of the most prominent Canadian authors in the category of contemporary fantasy, a subgenre pioneered by Charles de Lint. Many of the scenes in her stories are near places where she has lived or frequented in Toronto, Kingston, and elsewhere. This author often uses as character names the names of people in her circle of acquaintances. A prolific author, “she has written everything from horror to romantic fantasy to contemporary fantasy to humour to space opera.”
  • She lives in rural Ontario with a number of cats, a chihuahua and her wife.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge